This is a quick paper mache project for kids from best out of waste. We all have old newspapers to spare at home. Using paper mache, you can make a wide range of crafts. A paper mache bowl for holding knickknacks is one of them. You can even use this bowl as a home fragrance accessory – Just put in some potpourri and you can place this paper mache bowl on your living room center table.
How to make a paper mache bowl
1. Old newspapers or waste paper (preferably thin)
2. Glue and water mix
3. Acrylic colors
4. 1 Balloon
5. Scotch tape and a plastic cup
6. Flat brush – size 15 or above
Inflate the balloon to a size you want your paper mache bowl to be. Fix the balloon to the plastic cup with scotch tape – The mouth of the balloon goes into the cup. Make a glue (Fevicol) and water mixture – 3 parts glue and 1 part water. Cut newspaper or waste paper to 1 inch by 2 inch strips. Apply the glue water mixture to a paper strip and paste it evenly on the balloon, leaving no room for air bubbles. Continue doing this, till you get a layer of newspaper strips pasted on the inflated bottom of the balloon. Let this layer dry. Then repeat the procedure. Do this till you have 9 – 10 layers of paper strips firmly glued to the balloon.
Leave it to dry. Once this dries up completely, prick the balloon. Once the balloon pops, you have the neatest looking paper mache bowl you’ve ever seen!
Now you just have to trim a little bit off the edges and color it.
Also, the paper mache bowl will not stand alone. It needs a base. Cut a round piece of cardboard from an old cardboard box. Cover it with strips of paper like you did with the balloon. Let it dry.
Now comes the coloring part. Use acrylic colors for coloring the paper mache bowl instead of poster colors. Acrylic colors are plastic like colors, are permanent and last long just like oil paint. I mixed red and violet to get dark pink, purple and wine shades. My little one calls this paper mache bowl the strawberry cream milk shake bowl!
Now color the round cardboard base with acrylic colors on both sides. When the base is dry, just paste it to the bottom of the paper mache bowl with glue-Fevicol. Highlight the bowl with golden or bronze acrylic paint designs like spirals or motifs. Or better still, use sparkling 3D outliners to give an embossed effect. Let the paper mache bowl dry completely.
Use your creative paper mache bowl to hold sketch pens, crayons and other art and craft material. You can use it to hold dry perfumed petals or potpourri on the center table or side table in your living room.
A very important thing is practicing patience with kids when they attempt to do this. My little boy was a bit slow and clumsy while coloring the paper mache bowl. So much so that, I was tempted to stop him and finish it all by myself. This is an attempt to let kids learn creativity. So let them do it all by themselves with only a little guidance and supervision from you.